Film, Video, Audio, and Music

Important: Special Collections only has equipment to play VHS tapes, audio cassette tapes, CDs, LP and 45rpm records, and DVDs, and these are only available for viewing / listening in Special Collections. None of the materials may be copied.

(Located in LF 14)

Together we read: The French Broad ; AV-Audio 2002.01 [Format: 2 audio cassettes]

Four selected chapters from The French Broad by Wilma Dykeman read by Robert Morgan, Fred Chappell, Sharyn McCrumb, introductions by Rob Neufeld; 2002.

Unique heritage of Blacks in western North Carolina ; AV-Audio 1984.01 [Format: audio cassette ; audio CD]

Recording made October 7, 1984 of three speakers describing the African-American heritage in western North Carolina:
Dr. Lenwood Davis, “History of Blacks in WNC” ; Victoria Carey, “Blacks in Polk County” ; Oralene Simmons, “Blacks in Madison County”.

(Located in LF 14)

The Black Mountains of Western North Carolina ; The Southern Appalachian Conservancy and the Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition, AV-Video 2011.1

Video, images, local music, and histories of the Black Mountains

(Located in VF 15)

Thoms Rehabilitation Hospital films ; AV Video 1998.01

Thoms Rehabilitation Hospital: A Special Kind of Help ;  (1951) ; source unknown [Format: 16 mm film (2) ; DVD copy]

“Danny”: Cerebral Palsy Child ; (1950) ; source unknown [Format: 16 mm film (2) ; DVD copy]

(Asheville) Orthopedic Hospital & School ; n.d. ; photographed and edited by M. Plemmons & P. Brezny [Format 16mm film, 20 minutes ; DVD copy]

Asheville Orthopedic Hospital The Road to a Brighter Future ; n.d [Format: 16 mm film (2)]

Asheville Orthopedic Hospital Wing Dedication ; n.d. [Format: 16 mm film ; DVD copy]

Ground breaking at Asheville Orthopedic Hospital ; (1970s?) [Format: 16 mm film]

Asheville Orthopedic Hospital, no title identified ; (1960’s?) [Format: 16 mm film; includes note to Mr. Thoms dated 6-1-64]

(Thought to be) Here and Now: Personal Cleanliness ; n.d. [Format: 16 mm film ; DVD copy]

Independent Order of Foresters: On Child Abuse (or possibly Fragile, Handle With Care) ; (11/81?) [Format: 16 mm film]

Unidentified film: First frames show four people, possibly a welcoming group ; n.d. [Format: 16mm film]


Over 100 old time, blues, and bluegrass recordings from the Bill and Alice Hart Collection (located in the Special Collections Reading Room) [Formats: LP records, audio CDs]

(Located in LF 14)

The Roger Howell memory collection ; AV-Music 2008.1.1 [Format: audio CD]

The collection consists of 13 discs of 358 tunes representing the repertoire of a contemporary Appalachian fiddler. The tunes were recorded in 2007. Howell provides narratives about where and from whom he learned the tunes, the keys in which he learned them, and the dates of the recordings. Also included is a copy of The Traditions Continue: A History of Music in Madison County, written by Howell, and a Howell’s audio CD Hills & Heroes (2003). [Gift of Mars Hill University and Roger Howell]

Bascom Lamar Lunsford, Ballads, banjo tunes and sacred songs of western North Carolina ; Smithsonian/Folkways, 1996, AV-Music 1996.01 [Format: audio cassette tape]

Audio cassette and inlay booklet from CD (no CD). Booklet includes biographical information and headnotes to the songs. [Audio CD recording available in general collection; call number A LUNB 001]

Norfolk Southern Lawmen Band, Power and the Poetry: Greatest train songs from 1980 to 1997 ; AV-Music 1997.01 [Format: audio CD]

Two CDs of twenty-eight train songs recorded between 1980 and 1997

Some ballad folks: field recordings from the Burton-Manning collection of folklore ; Tennessee Folklore Society, AV-Music 1978.01 [Format: audio cassette (ML400.B89 cass) ]

Cassette tape of 32 songs sung by Buna Hicks, Rena Hicks, Hattie Presnell, Lena Harmon and Bertha Baird from the Beech Mountain region of North Carolina.

(Located in LF 14)

Catalooche, Haywood County Historical & Genealogical Society ; AV-Video 2014.1, QH105.C38 2013 DVD [Format: DVD]

Documentary tracing the history of the Cataloochee Valley from the Cherokees through the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the resettlement of the population

Asheville’s First Movie1921 Conquest of Canaan;

A DVD produced by Haunted Asheville, that includes the movie without sub-titles, and with an introduction by local author Joshua P. Warren

The Continuing Tradition: Celebrating the JCC ; AV-Video 2004.2 [Format: DVD]

10th anniversary of the Jewish Community Center

Marty Gillen Collection ; AV-Video 2016.1 [Format: DVD]

Videos directed, and usually written, by Asheville video-maker Marty Gillen. The videos generally center on the Jewish community of Asheville

The Homespun Story: The Story of Biltmore Industries ; 1995, AV-Video 1995.02 [Format: VHS video ; DVD copy]

The creation of Biltmore Industries and the craft of creating homespun wool fabrics.

The Jewish Community Center: A dream come true and dedication ; AV-Video 2003.2 [Format: VHS video]

Dedication of the Asheville Jewish Community Center, November 3, 2003

Madison County Project: Documenting the sound ; AV-Video 2008.1 [Format: DVD]

A film by Martha King and Rob Roberts telling the story of unaccompanied ballad singing in the western North Carolina mountains

Oral History Seminar ; AV-Video 2010.1 [Format: VHS video ; DVD copy]

Workshop held March 1989 to discuss the use of oral histories to capture the history of western North Carolina

The Settlement Schools of Appalachia ; KET, The Kentucky Network, 1995, AV-Video 1995.01 [Format: VHS video ; DVD copy]

60-minute documentary, describing settlement schools in Appalachia, particularly Eastern Kentucky. Archival photos, journal entries, and traditional music are combined with comments by historians and interviews with school alumni.

Thomas Walton Patton, Asheville’s citizen and soldier ; UNC-TV, 2000, AV-Video 1999.02 [Format: VHS video ; DVD copy]

26-minute documentary of Patton who was born in Asheville, in 1847, saw service in the civil war, and served two terms as mayor of Asheville